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Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works?

Transformers News: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works?

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 9:30AM CST

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It's starting to look like Transformers: Beast Wars may be getting a Shout! Factory release. TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting the following:

Following the classic '80s "G1" Transformers animated program came the 1996 series Beast Wars: Transformers, using GCI animation produced by Mainframe Entertainment (the folks behind the earlier CGI TV production, ReBoot). Tied to the continuity of the original show, Beast Wars: Transformers ran for 3 seasons and was followed up in 1999 by two seasons of Beast Machines: Transformers.

Shout! Factory has recently released DVDs of G1 Transformers, and after they picked up the rights to ReBoot there were a number of fans hoping that they would pick up the rights to Beast Wars: Transformers as well. The show was released on DVD before, from 2001-2004 by Rhino in the USA and Alliance in Canada. Those are long discontinued and hard to obtain, though, so fans who missed out have been looking for re-releases of the show. Now it appears that Shout! might have indeed negotiated with Hasbro to pick up the DVD rights to this series! A pair of Twitter posts by award-winning Shout! Factory DVD producer Brian Ward give us the hints we need to connect those dots. Here are his tweets from earlier today; the second one from about an hour ago:


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Now, the list of new titles might not have included this particular show, of course...it's possible that this one was already "on the books." Either way, it's great to know that this is in the works, and we couldn't wait to pass it along. What about Beast Machines: Transformers from Shout! as well? We honestly can't imagine that Hasbro and Shout! would negotiate for one, and not the other. We'll have to wait and see, though. Stay tuned for updates, as further developments occur! In the meantime, if you want to answer Mr. Ward's request for help, feel free to directly reply to his tweet on Twitter.
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Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179834)
Posted by Ravage XK on February 9th, 2011 @ 9:55am CST
I hope they do a better job than the Beast Machines DVDs. My PS3 gets halfway through those disc and then refuses to play the rest. The only discs I have that do that.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179835)
Posted by Lord Onixprime on February 9th, 2011 @ 9:56am CST
PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!

I only have the Rhino season 2 dvd set and I so want to get the whole series as I'm as big a beast fan as you can be. The old Rhino dvd sets are so expensive now too. I want this so bad.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179837)
Posted by First-Aid on February 9th, 2011 @ 9:58am CST
ANOTHER re-re-release? Sunnuvabitch...Transformers may be the new Star Wars when it comes to re-re-releases. I'll stick to my Rhino version thanks.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179839)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on February 9th, 2011 @ 10:01am CST
Interesting... but like Sabrblade, I already own the Rhino versions.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179843)
Posted by T-Macksimus on February 9th, 2011 @ 10:10am CST
Can't speak for everybody else here in the States, but I don't see where this series is all that hard to get a hold of. Yeah I had to do a little bit of driving around during the tail end of it's last DVD run (around 2005) but now that there are more stores like Best Buy and Borders saturating all of suburbia, that running around is a thing of the past. They're over-priced no matter where you find them but I've had no trouble locating them.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179849)
Posted by Heavy B on February 9th, 2011 @ 10:22am CST
i have the rhino sets, but ill need to see the special features to decide. im def getting season 1 tho as "Spiders game" and "Call of the Wild" are scratched to hell and wont play (sad face).


oh man, how awesome would it be if they were released on blu-ray to...
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179868)
Posted by Rodimus2006 on February 9th, 2011 @ 10:59am CST
I hope more than anything that Shout got RID i havent seen RID since it last aired on the Fox Box back on Fox that was like in 1999 or 2000 or so I forget.

I have my Rhino sets of Beast Wars along with the Generation 1 also I have my set of Beast Machines still.

I need RID to have the complete saga cause I have my sets of the Unicron Trilogy + Animated as well as Movies 1 & 2 and then 3 when it comes on DVD sometime in 2012.

That is if we survive 2012. I am getting my Reboots later this summer I found the release dates they are coming out later with seasons 1 & 2 I havent seen those since they last aired on Cartoon Network.

I am super excited for them I loved Hexicdecimal and Mega-Byte and Bob, Dot and Enzo.

I hope other TV shows get remade such as Megas XLR one of my favs that were done by CN but it never go finished. Then I also hope for remakes of Sailor Moon I only liked the Queen Beyeral Saga didnt care to much for the Heart one.

Be cool if they localize the Japanese sagas of Victory, The Headmasters, Super God Master Force and the Japanese Beast Wars I forget which it is called Neo or Beast II.

But I will most likely still re-buy my Beast Wars if they are indeed being re-done by Shout as my Rhino sets are starting to age as I have had them since release.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179870)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on February 9th, 2011 @ 11:08am CST
Even if they get the S1 eps in better order, and include both extended versions of the S1 intro and the actual broadcast version of the S3 intro, and all of the Toonami bumpers from the debut of the final 5 of S2...I'd still only be excited about this if it also meant box sets of Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179871)
Posted by UltraPrimal on February 9th, 2011 @ 11:09am CST
YES! Give me Beast Wars!
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179873)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on February 9th, 2011 @ 11:16am CST
Good news. I don't have any Beast Wars DVDs but will get them if they are priced decently like the G1 sets. Hope they get into some of the Japanese series like they were looking at doing.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179878)
Posted by Heavy B on February 9th, 2011 @ 11:25am CST
LOST Cybertronian wrote:Good news. I don't have any Beast Wars DVDs but will get them if they are priced decently like the G1 sets. Hope they get into some of the Japanese series like they were looking at doing.

ugh, not me. IMLTHO, Japan can not do transformers right. and that says somthing because giant robots are japans bread and butter
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179950)
Posted by Supreme Convoy on February 9th, 2011 @ 2:34pm CST
Man, I hope so. I was about to pay ridiculous prices for the out of print sets.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1179984)
Posted by Gandalf on February 9th, 2011 @ 3:39pm CST
All right! I can't wait. I hope they make a nice complete series set...maybe in a fancy box/package designed like the golden disks. It would be great if this set included Beast Machines, as well.

And they MUST include (in-depth!) interviews with the voice actors. I am fascinated with seeing the faces behind our favorite characters, especially when they actually do the voices on camera. I'm very surprised and disappointed that so many cartoons are being put out on DVD with special features, but ignore the voice actors. These talented artists are getting old, and they won't be around forever...we've already lost so many. Come on Shout Factory and other production companies...GET THEM ON FILM while you still can.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180055)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on February 9th, 2011 @ 7:15pm CST
Dr. Heavy B wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:Good news. I don't have any Beast Wars DVDs but will get them if they are priced decently like the G1 sets. Hope they get into some of the Japanese series like they were looking at doing.

ugh, not me. IMLTHO, Japan can not do transformers right. and that says somthing because giant robots are japans bread and butter


From the little that I have watched from Headmasters, I kind of enjoy it. I have Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory on DVD but it wont play on my DVD player or PS3. The only place I can get it to work is in my computer. It would be nice to watch those series on my T.V.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180095)
Posted by Heavy B on February 9th, 2011 @ 8:26pm CST
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
Dr. Heavy B wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:Good news. I don't have any Beast Wars DVDs but will get them if they are priced decently like the G1 sets. Hope they get into some of the Japanese series like they were looking at doing.

ugh, not me. IMLTHO, Japan can not do transformers right. and that says somthing because giant robots are japans bread and butter


From the little that I have watched from Headmasters, I kind of enjoy it. I have Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory on DVD but it wont play on my DVD player or PS3. The only place I can get it to work is in my computer. It would be nice to watch those series on my T.V.

i saw a couple episodes on youtube of headmasters and i hold that in the same regard as the g1 cartoon. (good for what it was, by no means great). it was japans treatment of beast wars itself that is prehaps the worst thing ive seen in the history of transformers (and im including transformers energon)
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180104)
Posted by rpetras on February 9th, 2011 @ 8:45pm CST
I'd really dig this set.

I liked BW during the original run, but not enough to buy the set the first time around.

But my 3-year old is now REALLY into robots (especially TFs) and animals. He'll love this series.

I hope they do a box set like they did for The G1 series and Joe.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180118)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 9th, 2011 @ 9:22pm CST
Dr. Heavy B wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
Dr. Heavy B wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:Good news. I don't have any Beast Wars DVDs but will get them if they are priced decently like the G1 sets. Hope they get into some of the Japanese series like they were looking at doing.

ugh, not me. IMLTHO, Japan can not do transformers right. and that says somthing because giant robots are japans bread and butter


From the little that I have watched from Headmasters, I kind of enjoy it. I have Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory on DVD but it wont play on my DVD player or PS3. The only place I can get it to work is in my computer. It would be nice to watch those series on my T.V.

i saw a couple episodes on youtube of headmasters and i hold that in the same regard as the g1 cartoon. (good for what it was, by no means great). it was japans treatment of beast wars itself that is prehaps the worst thing ive seen in the history of transformers (and im including transformers energon)
Worse than Kiss Players? :twisted:
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180135)
Posted by Darth Bombshell on February 9th, 2011 @ 10:04pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:Unless they add in a whole bunch of awesome bonus content, I'll pass. I own the Rhino versions and (even with one episode of season 1 being place out of correct order), they're satisfactory enough.


First-Aid wrote:ANOTHER re-re-release? Sunnuvabitch...Transformers may be the new Star Wars when it comes to re-re-releases. I'll stick to my Rhino version thanks.


RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Interesting... but like Sabrblade, I already own the Rhino versions.


Um..., guys, you do know that there are those of us out there who don't actually own the previous sets, right? And that we're likely to be more excited about this than you are, right?
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180152)
Posted by zipper on February 9th, 2011 @ 10:37pm CST
I'm totally amped up about this and I even own the Beast Wars boxed sets. All 3 seasons as well as the Beast Machines series on DVD. My problem is that if these old discs of mine get scratched, I'll be SOL and won't ever be able to watch the show again.

If Shout! releases Beast Wars on DVD I will buy them to have a spare set of DVD's of the show. I don't even care if they have special interviews but they would be a bonus. I can look up the interviews on Youtube if I really want to. I'm very excited to hear this. Please release the DVD's asap!
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1180193)
Posted by Elita One on February 10th, 2011 @ 1:48am CST
Gandalf wrote:All right! I can't wait. I hope they make a nice complete series set...maybe in a fancy box/package designed like the golden disks. It would be great if this set included Beast Machines, as well.

And they MUST include (in-depth!) interviews with the voice actors. I am fascinated with seeing the faces behind our favorite characters, especially when they actually do the voices on camera. I'm very surprised and disappointed that so many cartoons are being put out on DVD with special features, but ignore the voice actors. These talented artists are getting old, and they won't be around forever...we've already lost so many. Come on Shout Factory and other production companies...GET THEM ON FILM while you still can.

Yes they should definitely do that. On the Season 3 set of the Madman version some of the extras on the discs where interviews with some of the cast (Kaye, Chalk, McNeil and Willows) and there was a actor audio commentary for the first two eps of Beast Wars. Friggen funny as unfortunately David Kaye was not part of this I wonder what he would have to say though.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193050)
Posted by El Duque on March 10th, 2011 @ 3:28pm CST
TVShowsonDVD has more information regarding Shout!Factory's pending release of Transformers Beast Wars. Season one will be available in stores on June 14th, at a cost of $29.93 SRP. Shout!Factoy's Brain Ward tweeted that an interview with producer Christopher Brough has been filmed, and he still looking for more bonus content.

Amazon has also listed a preorder for the set.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193179)
Posted by optimusprime58316 on March 10th, 2011 @ 7:48pm CST
There they go again raising the price so that only the rich can own them. Sucks to be financially challenged. Specially at blu ray disc price to own low quality standard definition dvds. By now the whole darn series from G1 till now should have been done in HD Blu ray. With the series that was not not aired in America could be re-voiced over with the original cast cause most of them is still alive. Hasbro and Takara has Trillions of dollars in profits now so there is absolutely no excuse for them to start giving to there fans what we want instead of thinking profits. :-x
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193207)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 10th, 2011 @ 8:54pm CST
optimusprime58316 wrote:With the series that was not not aired in America could be re-voiced over with the original cast cause most of them is still alive. Hasbro and Takara has Trillions of dollars in profits now so there is absolutely no excuse for them to start giving to there fans what we want instead of thinking profits. :-x
Except that they said that getting all the original voice cast would be too expensive. Hasbro isn't the one making these DVD sets, Shout! Factory is. Shout! would have to pay from their own pockets to get all the original voice cast and do the redubbing.

It's more than likely that we'll just be getting the old Omni Productions dub on these DVDs.

Still, while I wouldn't mind a new dub of The Headmasters, I kinda don't want one of Masterforce. It's characters are simply too different from their American counterparts to be given just their names (e.g. - Ginrai is NOT Optimus Prime). Unless they were to given them all completely new names or keep all the original names, I wouldn't really want a new dub of Masterforce. The original Japanese version is glorious enough as it is.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193220)
Posted by GetRightRobot on March 10th, 2011 @ 9:24pm CST
Im actually really excited about this. I've had to watch what I can on youtube, which is not fun.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193268)
Posted by Duke of Luns on March 10th, 2011 @ 11:11pm CST
$30 seems a little steep considering G1 was only $20. However, I imagine there'll be a $20-$25 first week sale, or the stores'll never price it that high.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193281)
Posted by zipper on March 11th, 2011 @ 12:15am CST
$30 for season 1 sounds like a very reasonable price to me. Did everyone forget that when Beast Wars season 1 originally sold for about $45? This will be a great deal, especially if they include more special features then the original box set.

BW season 2 and 3 were each about $25 when they were originally released. That was $100 for the whole show back then, and another $50 or so if you wanted Beast Machines too.

I'm still going to buy the new sets. Like I said before, the new DVDs will be good spares.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193296)
Posted by MINDVVIPE on March 11th, 2011 @ 3:11am CST
Dinobot is Badass... that is all.
:CON:
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193311)
Posted by Berserker Prime on March 11th, 2011 @ 4:45am CST
Nice. I hope they make a box set with all the seasons and beast machines together. Cant wait to re-live some of my childhood.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193314)
Posted by Duke of Luns on March 11th, 2011 @ 5:17am CST
zipper wrote:$30 for season 1 sounds like a very reasonable price to me. Did everyone forget that when Beast Wars season 1 originally sold for about $45? This will be a great deal, especially if they include more special features then the original box set.

BW season 2 and 3 were each about $25 when they were originally released. That was $100 for the whole show back then, and another $50 or so if you wanted Beast Machines too.

I'm still going to buy the new sets. Like I said before, the new DVDs will be good spares.


Oh, I forgot Beast Wars Season 1 was 26 episodes :oops: . So $30 for the set is pretty good, and the subsequent seasons will probably be $20.

Of course, I am curious what kind of special features there will be.
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193470)
Posted by Bouncy X on March 11th, 2011 @ 11:19am CST
so no complete series collection? not even a website only edition for now like they did for Reboot?
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193560)
Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on March 11th, 2011 @ 2:07pm CST
I definitely need this!
Re: Shout! Factory Release of Transformers: Beast Wars in the Works? (1193919)
Posted by Scourgescream on March 12th, 2011 @ 4:54am CST
Does anybody know if these will be getting a region 2 release?
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